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Sat May 5, 2018, 09:19 PM

Blankenship surging on eve of West Virginia Senate primary

Source: Politico

There is growing concern among Republicans that Don Blankenship, a bombastic coal baron who has spent time in prison, is surging ahead of Tuesday’s West Virginia Senate primary — and a last-minute campaign is underway to stop him.

As the tight contest hurtles to a close, four Republicans said they’d reviewed polling conducted in recent days showing Blankenship, who spent a year in jail following the 2010 explosion at his Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 workers, moving narrowly ahead of his more mainstream GOP rivals, Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The Republicans cautioned that the surveys, designed to offer a snapshot of the race, were conducted over a brief period of time and may be overstating Blankenship’s support. Still, Blankenship’s rivals and other Republicans are alarmed. Many are convinced that a Blankenship win, coming just months after the disastrous Alabama Senate race, would destroy the party’s prospects of defeating Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in November.



Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/05/blankenship-polls-west-virginia-senate-primary-570752

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Reply Blankenship surging on eve of West Virginia Senate primary (Original post)
Mr. Sparkle May 2018 OP
sandensea May 2018 #1
BobTheSubgenius May 2018 #10
lagomorph777 May 2018 #19
sandensea May 2018 #22
SharonAnn May 2018 #21
sandensea May 2018 #23
paleotn May 2018 #2
turbinetree May 2018 #3
riversedge May 2018 #13
Dopers_Greed May 2018 #4
still_one May 2018 #6
mtngirl47 May 2018 #8
TeamPooka May 2018 #11
paleotn May 2018 #14
cilla4progress May 2018 #5
JohnnyRingo May 2018 #7
Cosmocat May 2018 #17
Hortensis May 2018 #24
Bernardo de La Paz May 2018 #9
NCjack May 2018 #12
hatrack May 2018 #16
a la izquierda May 2018 #15
Rhiannon12866 May 2018 #18
IronLionZion May 2018 #20

Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:24 PM

1. Winning this primary - thus paving the way for a Dem. victory - might be the only redeeming thing

that creature will ever do.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Sat May 5, 2018, 11:37 PM

10. +1000

I hadn't thought of it that way.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Tue May 8, 2018, 08:25 AM

19. Would any coal miner ever vote for this murderer?

...or any miner's family members?

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Tue May 8, 2018, 12:07 PM

22. One can only hope they'll all remember.

But should he win the primary, some will no doubt be swayed by the same old GOP hot-button standbys.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Tue May 8, 2018, 08:39 AM

21. I thought that would work for Trump against Hillary, but it didn't.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #21)

Tue May 8, 2018, 12:09 PM

23. True. They could steal this year's races too.

With a little help from a few friends.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:30 PM

2. The only reason his rear end shouldn't still be in jail.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:33 PM

3. So a person that had no conscience on what he was doing in his mines

just imagine him in the senate.....................and now his republican contenders are now worried......... what did they say, when he was convicted back in those days.................does anyone know, what did Jenkins and Patrick say .............in West Virginia............... since Jenkins likes to switch parties (2013) when he sticks his wet finger in the air ....................

I hope they eat themselves apart................


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Response to turbinetree (Reply #3)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:24 AM

13. Not a tasty meal IMHO.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:40 PM

4. If he wins the primary...

Democratic odds of taking the Senate back will improve dramatically

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Response to Dopers_Greed (Reply #4)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:56 PM

6. I hope so

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Response to Dopers_Greed (Reply #4)

Sat May 5, 2018, 10:08 PM

8. Senator Joe Manchin (D) is running for re-election--this will just be a save n/t

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Response to mtngirl47 (Reply #8)

Sun May 6, 2018, 12:04 AM

11. It's a hard save if WV GOP nominates a normal Republican and not a convict CEO.

That's why this does change the dynamic.
We were looking at losing this one so a save is HUGE
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Response to mtngirl47 (Reply #8)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:47 AM

14. Yes, but it's not a loss...

offsetting a win somewhere else. On the road to winning back the Senate, not only do we need to win seats away from the Rethugs, we've got to keep the seats we already have...all of them.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:42 PM

5. Yes, I'm hoping these tea party KKKers will

Split the Republicans!!!

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 10:06 PM

7. I can't accept this

To imagine Don Blankenship, the least savvy public persona to wander out of prison for homicidal neglect of miners getting a majority vote from the very people he exploited and chained to the company store, just shatters my sense of how the world works in a society not on PCP.

What happened to workers uniting against the corporate machine? Instead the good people of WV seem to have accepted their place as unlubricated disposable cogs.

Please Mr Blankenship, may I have another?

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #7)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:45 AM

17. America 2018

This country is lost ...

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #17)

Tue May 8, 2018, 04:31 PM

24. Please, just shhh with this inadvertent RT-channeling and vote early?

Weaklings and fools on the left lost us the 2016 election. They "woe-is-us-ed" and "complained-complained-complained" the nation over to the Republicans, who, for all their enormous faults do not share this potentially fatal one. Their politicians are betraying scum, but they win because they turn out to vote.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 11:36 PM

9. This shows how corrupt the RepubliConMen Party has become. . . . nt

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:50 AM

12. Blankenship kills coal mining jobs. nt

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Response to NCjack (Reply #12)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:33 AM

16. Literally

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:50 AM

15. Because of course this state would nominate a jackass like him.

I'm one of those Northeastern elites that Anthony Bourdain complained about on his show last week, which took place in WV. I have never, and will never, understand this place and I count the days until I can leave.
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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 11:04 PM

18. Colbert on Blankenship:

Profiles In Discourage: Blankenship's 'Cocaine Mitch' Ad

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2018, 08:38 AM

20. Dems also thought Trump would be easy to beat

it's not over until it's over

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